Recent Beauty Faves & Purchases

  

Hey all! 

Sorry for being M.I.A lately. 

Time some how managed to slip by and I have accumulated a ton of new goodies in the past few months.  🙂 

While I was away, I ended up hitting an all time beauty high (or low if you are my wallet) and reached “VIB Rouge” status at Sephora 😐 

So rather then ramble on, lets just get into the good stuff that you came here to read about!

Face

  
Pur Miracle Mist –  This is my second bottle of this little mist. Smells like oranges and is so refreshing and hydrating. I generally wear it under my primer/makeup or by itself on no makeup days.

  
Aveda Tulasara Wedding Eye Mask- while I haven’t had this product for very long, I loveeeeee it already.  Super rich, super hydrating but not heavy feeling, this mask helps brighten and tighten your eye area. Seeing as I am two years ago from the big 3-0… I figured I better start looking after my skin more and do some more preventative work. 

  
First Aid Beauty Hello Fab Coconut Skin Smoothie Priming Moisturizer-  I recently purchased this little gem with giftcards I  received for Christmas. I am obsessed with the scent. It smells like Pina Coladas! ( and who doesn’t love that?!) It also appears to be helping my makeup last longer and look smoother.

  
Touch in Sol Feel like Honey Moon Skin Base-  I don’t know know why but lately I have been on a makeup primer and foundation buying spree. I am constantly on the lookout for the best hydrating and brightening primers and this is definitely a great one. 

  
Lise Watier Magic Fix-  Refreshing scent and light mist make this a great makeup setting spray. It helps  any of my makeup from looking too “powdery” .

  
Urbay Decay All Nighter Foundation- this foundation claims to be full coverage and longwearing/waterproof and let me tell you, it does not disappoint. I loved wearing this to stand in my best friends wedding. It photpgraphs well and doesn’t budge, even after dancing all night! 🙂

 

Josie Maran Vibrancy Foundation- While I did buy this almost a year ago, I don’t feel like I have talked about it much. This foundation is beautiful especially on someone with dryer skin (which mine has been as of recently)  It gives just enough glow to the skin without looking greasy or too shiney. 
  
Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Foundation and Concealer- another Christmas giftcard purchase. I have to say, I like the foundation, but I definitely didn’t pick the right shade and perhaps I will like it better in the summer when I’m more sunkissed rather then Snow White 😦

Saying that, the concealer is just the right shade of pasty white and is lighweight enough to not crease but enough  coverage to hide my raccoon eyes. 

  
Kat Von D Lock it Cream Concealer- in comparison to the Tarte concealer, this stuff is heavy duty. I haven’t tried to cover any tattoos, but I would say it would do a great job in a pinch. I do like this product, however if you have a lot of fine lines or dehydrated undereyes, I would not recommend this. 

  
Blissful Beauty Mineral Makeup Highlighter in Champagne- if you live on the East coast, I suggest you try out this local gal’s products. I have her foundations, lipglosses, blushes, bronzers and now highlighters. 

Im a sucker for anything glowy. These powders are beautiful and give a natural but noticeable glow to the skin. They are paraben free, hypoallergenic and perfect for anyone looking to support local businesses! Thanks Amanda!!! ❤️
Benefit Rockteaur Box Blush- I forgot to take a picture of this (Sorry!!) While I am not a huge   blush lover and it is probably my least bought type of beauty product, Benefit’s products never disappoint me and this rose gold blush is very wearable and pretty and the packaging can some what be seem above in the first picture on this post.

 

Cèlavi Oval Brushes- Let us take a minute to admire this amazing Winners find. While I have never heard of this brand, I have seen a lot of reviews on this type of brush. So far, I have fallen in love with the foundation and concealer brushes. Not entirely sure how to use a few of the eye brushes, but Im sure I will get the hang of it sooner then later.
Eyes

  

Benefit Browvo Conditioning Primer- I truly don’t know if this has helped my brows grow a bit more or it’s because I’m a hairy beast, but this stuff is great at prepping my brows for any other brow products whether it pencil or powder. 

  
Benefit Goof Proof Brow Pencil- by far my favourite brow pencil I have ever tried to date. Currently using up my second one of these bad boys. With a thicker, slanted pencil side and spooly on the other end, this does in fact make filling in your brows “goof proof” .

 
 Ardency Inn Modster Manuka Honey Enriched Pigment in Rose Gold-  What a mouth full for a product name. Beautiful, pigmented and shimmery. Just a few words to describe this shadow. While kind of on the pricier side for an individual shadow ($24) this is definitely worth the money. Another product that stood the test of time and sweat on the dancefloor of while standing all day in a wedding. 
  
Mac Nutcracker Pigment Christmas Set- So sparkly, so pretty, such cute packaging. My brother and sister hit the nail on the head with this gift. I have always loved Mac’s loose pigments and this kit is no exception. They can be used wet or dry to suit whatever type of look you are going for.

  
Kiss Looks So Natural “Flirty” lashes- these lashes are very light weight and wispy. I love how these looked when I wore them to a recent Brad Paisley Concert. I will be willing to bet, I will be repurchasing these lashes for wedding parties and brides this summer. 

  
Urban Decay Naked Ultimate Basics- This All matte, all pigmented palette is by far my favourite Naked palette from Urban Decay. There are 12 shades in a beautiful rose gold package. It also comes with a double ended brush and a huge mirror which are always nice bonuses.  I “basically” wear this pallete every day and it has quickly become one of my all time favourite products ever. Period. 

Lips

  
Stila Stay All Day Mattieficent Lipstick in “Coquille”- a taupe nude shade is my go to colour for any look. Whether dramatic or natural. This lipstick stays put on your lips and isn’t as drying as a liquid lipstick formula. It also comes in a variety of other pretty and wearable shades to suit anyone.

  
Bite Beauty Gold Creme LipGloss- while I understand Gold lips aren’t for everyone, I love the look of this gloss. 

I could be wrong, but I do believe this was a limited edition shade but if you have a chance to try any of Bite Beauty’s Creme glosses, check em out! 

And if you have made it this far, give yourself a pat on the back for getting through all my talking. 

I seriously need to go on a makeup buying break/hibernation  😦 I feel I have accumulated enough to get me through the winter and to keep my makeup bag full and happy till spring! 

(I don’t know if I’m kidding myself or not, guess time will tell… Or if I win the lottery hahahah) 

To anyone living in the maritimes region reading this, stay safe with this crazy blizzard that is pounding us currently and to anyone traveling down south, I hate you. Jk…. Sort of.

Till next time folks,

Love always,

-Nicole 🙂 

  

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Summer Essentials

Summer Beauty Essentials: Top 5 drugstore/ Top 5 High Endimage

Hey there folks! 🙂

Summer is finally upon us and life has become very busy and somewhat hectic! (Work wise and personally!)

So let’s just get in to it shall we?!

Here is a quick post on my Top 5 Summer Essentials!! (Drugstore & High End versions)

Drugstore

1- Loreal Infallible Makeup Extender Setting Spray( now there’s a long title!)
I have been using this in place of my beloved Urban Decay setting sprays and I love it. The price is right and It will especially be good for the summer months when you want to really lock in your face makeup and also give yourself a nice cooling mist!

2- Maybelline Brow Drama Sculpting Brow Mascara
This bad boy comes in clear and also hair colour shades. I bought mine in “Deep Brown”
This is perfect for those lazy (and hot) summer days when you don’t want to worry about filling in your brows so precisely but also don’t want to leave them looking unkept. The lasting power is pretty impressive too! Definitely a summer essential!

3- Loreal Infallibe Pro Matte Foundation
If you are anything like me, you can somewhat turn into an oil slick in the summer. I have heard many good things about this foundation, told my mother to try it out and then I finally purchased it after she said she liked it. It’s a Demi-matte finish that doesn’t look or feel overly cakey. For a drugstore foundation, it isn’t too shabby! 😉

4- NYX Wonder Pencil
This little fella can be used as a concealer, eye brightener and reverse lip liner ( says the packaging) An extra bonus is it can be used to help carve out and highlight your eyebrows! Multi use products in the busy summertime can be your best friend!

5- Maybelline Master Prime Primers
These come in three different formulas that you can choose based on your skin and the affect you want to achieve. I purchased the “Blur and Illuminate” for a healthy glow. There is also a “Blur and Smooth” and “Blur and Redness control” which I think would be great, especially if you get too much sun and your face looks kind of lobster-ish 😉

High End

1- Aveda Tidepool Eye Definer
Pops of colour are huge for the hotter months. Aveda’s Spring/summer 2015 are definitely evidence of that! The easiest way to achieve thhis look is with a little blue eyeliner, either on the top or lower lash line!

2- Mac Gingerly Blush
This is an easy way to add a little summer colour to your face . I have been obsessed with this blush since I was given it. It’s somewhat of a shear peachy or “ginger” colour. I find it is neutral enough to go with any makeup look ( especially that pop of blue eye liner I just mentioned 😉 )

3- Bourjois Healthy Balance Unifying Powder
If you have read any of my previous blogs, you’d know I love my foundation from this brand! So naturally I went out and purchased the powder as well! It’s soft and matte finish will be perfect for when the temperatures start to rise and the makeup starts to melt!

4- The Balm’s Mary Lou Manizer Highlighter
This is not just a summer essential, but a LIFE ESSENTIAL! Beautiful highlighter, but be warned, this stuff is highly pigmented. A little goes a long way! ET will be able to spot your glowing cheekbones from space!! Ps..this doubles as a beautiful eyeshadow! You’re welcome!!!!!

5- Aveda’s Dragon Fruit Nourish-mint Lip Liner in Dragon Fruit
Second product from the Spring/summer 2015 Rare Bloom Collection. Beautiful pink liner that I use all over as more of a lipstick.

Bonus Favourite!
Last week I took a very exciting course in scalp massage! Our instructor, Andrea Olivera was amazing! Along with using Aveda products, we got to use some of her very own product line! Me, being a product junkie had to purchase one of her botanical perfumes! “Magdalina” is my new favourite scent. I am obsesseddddddd with it and seriously need to slow down on spraying it before I run out too fast!

Anyway,

Hope you enjoyed this little post. It feels good to write again (more then a month off is too long)

Take Care!

-Nicole xo 😉

For the Fellas…..

Got a hairy back? Kind of like a “coat” under your actual coat?

A chest that resembles Steve Carell in 40 year old Virgin?

A set of talons for toenails? or perhaps heels that could cut your bed sheets to shreds?

I don’t know how many times I’ve had this conversation with people ( male or female)……

MEN NEED PAMPERING TOO!!!!!!

Looking after one’s self is not “girly” or “prissy” …..it is essential to not looking like a bum (unless you’re going for that hobo chic sort of thing?)

It makes you feel better. It makes you look better. A little trip to a salon/spa can do wonders!

You only have one set of hands, one set of feet and only one face. Why not look after it properly? Men’s skin and hands need love just as much as the lady’s do…maybe even more so?

I understand the spa can be an intimidating thing looking in from the outside….all the soft lighting… the smells…women chit chatting with other women who have so much metallic foil in their hair it looks like they could communicate with E.T….

Then there is the music that’s so calming it makes you want to go to your car and listen to death metal when you leave…(no? oh….just me then….)

Anyway….it’s a strange world. But….Women know what’s up and men should probably follow suit.

The majority of my clientele is most definitely of the female race. I do however have a few brave souls of men then come see me regularly and I see others that come to other Spa Therapists, Massage therapists and hair stylists.

I once had a very shy man surprisingly exclaim in the middle a joint facial with his partner that if he had known how great this would of been, he would of came in long ago!

Bam!!! One Man brought over to the dark side!!

Like I previously stated…you only have one face. Your skin needs to be looked after (especially if there are any concerns such as aging, acne, etc.) As a man, you probably have to shave that face…that can sometimes get irritated, dry or breakout. A facial is a perfect way to treat any or all of those issues and get to relax at the same time. And Lord knows,  everyone can always use a little relaxation in out busy/hectic lives these days, right?

So now that I have convinced you to look after your face, lets work our way down to looking after that fur of yours. I’m talking back and chest waxing or laser hair removal.

Just like women, the trend this day and age is the less the hair the better…same kind of goes for guys. Sure you don’t have to get rid of all of it, but a little maintenance can go a long way.

Not going to lie at all here, this hair removal thing is probably going to hurt like a mother.

But if I see you on the beach looking like some sort of second cousin to Chewbacca, I’m going to contemplate handing you my business card.(and you should take it as a big, fat hint) Your wife/girlfriends can thank me later….saving them the time and effort of shaving your back will make everyone very happy!

Also, eyebrows. There should be two. I’ll let you contemplate that one.

Ps…I’m going to move on from the hair removal thing and skip over the whole “Man scaping…Man Brazilian thing”…that’s an entirely other post in itself and I’m not really sure I want to even go there…..Just take care of it gentlemen…that’s all I’m going to say…. K… Bye.

Next in line is your Hand and Foot care. If you are a business or white collar sort of fella, you are going to be dealing with people and trying to look professional. Nothing says I don’t give a rotten dam then gnarly hangnails and uber scaly skin. Get a “Man”icure. They aren’t just for housewives of Beverly Hills anymore. And for hard working Blue Collared Men, your poor hands deserve some TLC.

Keep nails short, clean and use a little moisturizer from time to time. Also, you would’t think it, but a hand massage is wonderful. People hold tons of tension in our hands and fingers, your digits will thank you.

This all goes the same for your tootsies. Keep toenails short, filed evenly, clean and get some of that callus buildup removed. Your feet will love you for it and so will whoever has to sleep in the same bed as you at night.

A pedicure and manicure DOES NOT mean you have to have pretty, pink polish! It is much, much more then that. Elderly men and men with any medical conditions (ex. diabetes)  should really look after your feet properly. You have to walk on these things for your whole life, a pedicure is not a girly thing….it should be thought of as an essential life thing.

Next on the agenda, Massage therapy. If you have medical coverage, Please take advantage of this. It’s amazing. Get over the whole stranger touching your body thing and get a massage. We are hard on our backs and limbs, it is also great for the mind and relaxation. Can not stress the importance of this in living a healthy life.

Lastly I’m going to discuss something I know a little about….I’m not a hairdresser….but you should definitely be getting your hair cut by a professional. You don’t have to spend tons of money…but just don’t use those rusty kitchen scissors and bowl to achieve your style. It’s bad. Plus, once you’ve had someone else give you a scalp massage….you will be hooked. Promise!

So there you have it. Now get your wife, mother, sister, bff to book you an appointment at your local spa and salon. You can be brave and go it alone or perhaps take them along and have a nice little spa day together.

🙂 🙂

-Nicole xo

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Fall Lipsticks!!!

It shouldn’t come as a huge shock to anyone that I love my fair share of lipsticks and lip products!! (but what girl doesn’t!!!)

At any given time I may be carrying 5, 10, 20? options in my purse ( excessive I know, but one never knows when you may need a color!)

Darks, Lights, Brights,  Glosses, Mattes, Balms, Scrubs! Anything goes!!… I Love em all equally!

For this post, I am going to name off some of my top picks for this Fall/Winter season! Which are typically more on the dark side, but I threw in a few nudes and light mauves as well.

Hope this helps anyone that is looking for some new products to try out. I have some drugstore and a little higher end lippies on my list!

Top Lipsticks (Non Drugstore)

Mac “Ruby Woo” (Matte) , Mac “Cyber” (Satin) , Mac “Viva Glam IV” (Frost)…All can be purchased either in store or  maccosmetics.com 

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Aveda Smoothing Lip Colour “Sheer Muscadine” (Local Aveda shop or Aveda.com), Kat Von D Studded Kiss “Love Craft”( Sephora.com ), Lime Crime Vegan Lipstick in “Styletto” ( Limecrime.com) ….Again, these are all roughly around $20-$25.

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Top Lipsticks ( Drugstore)

Milani “Sangria”&  Milani “Red Label” (both purchased at local Lawtons Drugstore), Wet n’ Wild “Cherry Bomb” and “Vamp it Up” (Walmart) …Under $10 🙂 🙂

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Top Glosses

Gerad Cosmetics Colour Your Smile Gloss in “Nude” (gerardcosmetics.com )Forever 21 Love and Beauty “RED”, Revlon Colour Burst “Bordeaux” ( Walmart) ..Prices vary from $5-20

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Liners

Mac “Night Moth” and “Whirl”…If you want “Kylie Jenner-esque lips…Whirl is a MUST!!!

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Milani “Spice”, Avon “Wild Berry” & “Deep Plum” ….for some reason these swatch pictures would not turn out! 😦 Sorry! Just take my word that these are nice!!!

Misc.

Lush Mint Julips Lip Scrub ( Lushcosmetics.com )… If you are going to be trying out a lot of the dark lip colours for Fall, you need to keep you lips well hydrated and flake free…this stuff is great for that! Also, its edible and who doesn’t like that!!!!!??

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and there you have it! some of my Favorite Lip Products for Fall/Winter 2014!

Tips

-When wearing a darker lip colour, go for a more neutral coloured eye. This will have you avoid looking gothish! (unless you are going for that look of course!!) Halloween is around the corner after all 🙂 🙂

-Apply a lip treatment or balm when you first begin your makeup….after it is done and you are ready to apply your lipstick, wipe the balm off. This way the treatment has time to sink in and preps your lips for a  longer lasting application.

-The key to wearing a different coloured lipstick such as black…is not giving a crap what other people think! If you have the confidence, you can wear whatever you want!!

-Make sure your skin is well covered and your complexion is even. Dark colours and reds tend to emphasize any imperfections if you have any. So, foundation and powders are a must!

-Blot lipstick with tissue after you apply it, to avoid any excess from smearing on your face or teeth ( THE WORST!!!)….also if you are the friend of said person wearing lipstick, please tell them they have something on their teeth…there is nothing worse then looking in the mirror and realizing you have been talking to everyone with a big gob of lipstick on your pearly whites….or in my case, all over my chin after I eat! 😦

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-Nicole xo 🙂 🙂

Aveda Trashion Show and Equipoise Weekend!

This past weekend, my coworkers and I attended Aveda Atlantic’s Equipoise and Trashion Show Fundraiser in Halifax. It was fun filled two day event with lots of pretty people, wearing all black. 😉

Sunday Night- Trashion Show

If you don’t know what a trashion show is ( and no Charlene, I wasn’t at a bar making fun of “trashy” girls :p ) , it is a show where the model’s outfits are strictly made of used materials and basically, trash. Our team managed to pull together a great look and put in an amazing effort!! ( and last minute at that! Pressure!!!!!!)

Our theme was inspired by Weddings and massive amounts of Bridal parties we worked on this past year. I would say the vast majority of the other models/looks were fantasy themed. ( and they were all fantastic too!!)

The Dress was made out of different colored tissues, Kleenex,  gibsons, garbage bags, plastic mesh and chicken wire.

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It turned out beautiful!!!! If this wasn’t made out of things you wipe your nose on, I would totally wear this styled dress… if I have a wedding…if I get married….don’t have a stroke Stephen….. :p

Our model ( one of our shop’s stylists, Jessica) had her hair styled by Mike into a flower like up do to replicate the flowers in the train of the dress.

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She also had some henna inspired designs done by Sarah Jane on her arm and up her neck with toll paint and Aveda eye shadows.

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and finally, her makeup was done by yours truly. We mainly used colours from the Romantic Grandeur Collection on her eyes. For her lips, we had to think quick…me being in my stressed out mode, forgot lipsticks we wanted to use. Instead, we decided to do black eye liner and filled in her lips with purple gloss for a dark ombre like look. Turned out much better then anticipated!

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Overall , it was a good night! Exhausting and somewhat sad for not winning anything, but it was a good experience to have under our belts 🙂 🙂

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Monday Morning- Equipoise

Monday morning, a few of use attended Equipoise in our hotel.

This consisted of guest speakers, demos and also a retail section.

The first speaker was Marc Zollicoffer. He spoke on balance, energy, the use of holistic or non traditional ways of healing and how they can be incorporated in with Medical practises for the best possible outcome.

Marc had us participate in a few exercises, which were very interesting and made you really understand what he was talking about.

The next speaker, was Pat Peterson. She spoke about product production. She was able to talk to a huge crowd about chemistry and managed to keep all of our attention with her witty humour.

She finished off her presentation by actually making a new product (that should be released any time now) right there on stage. It was enlightening to see what actually went into the production of Aveda products and why they are so superior to other brands!

And how could I not possibly mention, our goodie bags! Love all our products we were given! 🙂 Thank you, Aveda!

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Conclusion

Physically and mentally exhausted after a very busy weekend, Glad to be home but also glad to have participated in this successful event! 🙂

-Nicole xo 🙂

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Romantic Grandeur Collection!

I worked with Aveda’s makeup for a little over two years now and have seen a few of their limited edition collections come and go.

I have definitely had my share of love/hate times with their makeup when I first started out. But it’s like anything else, once you use something enough, make mistakes enough and then become comfortable enough with the products capabilities, you learn to like it and how to use it to best suit your client’s needs. In my opinion, Aveda makeup is perfect for wedding makeup. It has a soft look and a really pretty, natural, but noticeable look that Bride’s want.

That all being said, I was never this excited about their collections before. The Fall/Winter 2014 collection is by far, hands down, my favourite!!!…EVER! The colors are awesome and right up my alley. Perfect for Winter wedding makeup! yey!

For the Romantic Grandeur Collection, they developed six shadows, two eye liners, one lip liner, two lipsticks and two lip glazes.

The colors range from rich tones and also some pastels. The shadows seem to be more pigmented then usual…I’m not sure if that is just my imagination or not or they did some changes to the formulations???Either way….WINNNINNNGGG!!!!

My faves to use so far on clients and play around with for myself of course, are;

-“Gypsum Grey” Eye Color (perfect grey shadow with a hint of sheen)  and Winter Lilac( a pastel purple shade)

In the picture below, one of our beautiful bride’s from the end of this summer, I used the Grey along with other Aveda shadows for a soft, smokey look. 🙂

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– Next is “Fire Maple” Lip Liner…always loved a good red lip and just this liner alone is a perfect shade for me! and the staying power is great!!!!

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I am also obsessed with their “Delphinium” blue liner… a perfect, bright blue for that pop of color I explained that will be hot this fall. You can read my “Fall Trends” post here 🙂 –> :https://beautyjunkiesanonymous.wordpress.com/2014/09/01/1480/

and last but not least “Gogi Berry” lipstick. Can I Marry this? Would that be frowned upon? Ugh!! It just looks so good on so many different skin tones.  I applied this on a client the other day combined with Fire Maple lip liner underneath and it looked hot!!!

The only downfall to the fact that I am deeply, madly in love with this collection (and I know you will too)…is that It, like it’s sister collections before it, will end. It is what cosmetic companies call the dreaded “limited edition collection” and will probably sell out  😦 😦 😦  

Toby’s face is my face right now…

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Why Makeup Gods? Why? Other companies do this all the time and I understand the strategy behind it, but I hate it!!!! I am just hoping that some of the products do well enough and become popular enough, to bring them back someday….but in the meantime, go buy that %@*$ up!!! Before its gone and you’re left lonely and looking like Toby.

-Nicole xo 🙂